Loving Frank - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Nancy Horan, Joyce Bean (Narrator) I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to — swim in the river. I want to feel the current. — So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architec... more »t to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
In this groundbreaking historical novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America's greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Mamah's profound influence on Wright.
Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horan's Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world, and her unforgettable journey, marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leads inexorably to this novel's stunning conclusion.
Well-told story blending historical accounts and fictional details about the sensationalized relationship of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney. Horan allows you to delve into Mamah's psyche (as she sees how Mamah Cheney may have felt). Powerful and gripping - not a book I will soon forget.
I found this book absolutely enthralling from beginning to the end. It was quite interesting to read about a feminist in the beginning of the 1900's and her struggles with her personal decisions. It was very well written and I am interested to see what else this author will write.
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Helpful Score: 7
Not being familiar with the particulars of Wright's life, I was stunned by the ending to this book. The ending made me weep, and I remained weepy for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, it's a wonderfully told story.
The book definitely picked up at the end. I struggled getting through it in the beginning though. This book was written as a piece of fiction, however it is based on events that did happen in Frank Lloyd Wright's life. The author appeared to write as close to the historical facts as possible, but did fill in the gaps with how she imagined Mamah and Frank's love life played out. Franky Lloyd Wright's architectural elements were described throughout the story as his homes he designed, in the novel, were described well by the author. If you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, it is worth reading, if not, this may be a book to pass up.
I had a hard time with what seems nonessential details, there were times I wondering why I was reading this seemingly trivial information. However, this information becomes important as you read on, weaving strands together and seeing the significance in understanding the characters. I had toured some of Wrights work but was completely unaware of the tragic and horrifying scenario that took place at Talesin. I then googled him and found even more "stranger than fiction" details about many other periods and events in his life. Nancy Horan did her homework and stayed close to essence of Mamah.